Plan To Enforce City Parking Meters On July 4th Stopped

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Mayor’s office has slammed the brakes on plans to enforce parking meter rates over the Fourth of July weekend.

Sources at city hall say City of Pittsburgh Finance Director Scott Kunka hatched the plan to bolster revenue.

The Pittsburgh Parking Authority asked for volunteers to increase manpower. Everything was set, but then Mayor Luke Ravenstahl got wind of the plan and stopped it in its tracks.

The Authority’s Executive Director, David Onorato told KDKA’s Kym Gable the agency had considered forcing people to pay at meters on Saturday and Monday.

“We decided it wasn’t the time now,” Onorato said. “Per the contract, we list on our internet web page that the holiday we won’t enforce, so there’s no enforcement on Monday the 4th.”

“Oh, it would have been devastating. It’s a family-free event forever – 34th year – and families come into town, they need a place to park,” John Bonassi, Three Rivers Regatta Chairman, said. “They have young children and it would have been absolutely devastating.”

“They’ve kind of ratcheted back on that decision and we’re pleased somebody has come to their good senses to do so,” he added.

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  • JustSaying

    Is there no end to the antics of $hitsburgh politicians? Don’t get me wrong, we in the surrounding areas/counties appreciate the comedy relief but you make it almost too easy to point and laugh! Cudos (this time) to the boy mayor for doing the right thing. It’s so sad that the city is so broke they have to try and make money in an under-handed trick like they were proposing by enforcing the meters on the 4th of July. Keep it up, we all need the laughs you provide! I have no sympathy for any of you city voters who put these clowns in office.

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  • Eyes Wide Open

    Get Mayor Sophie back in there to clean up this mess. :)

  • Just Saying...

    This article says mentions them wanting to enforce Saturday 7/2, but then never says if they decided to stick with that approach. This would be some useful information for people considering coming into town during the rest of the holiday weekend.

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